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Summerfield graduating class of 2014,
Quest University Graduate 2018

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WELCOME TO SUMMERFIELD WALDORF SCHOOL AND FARM

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Request our information packet and tell us about your child. We offer preschool through high school Waldorf education on our beautiful 38-acre campus and farm in Sonoma County. The school was established in 1974 and is the only school in the state with a working Biodynamic farm on its campus.

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Come and see first hand the richness and depth of Summerfield’s curriculum where experiential learning builds students’ capacities. Experience a day in the life of Sonoma County’s oldest independent school, where academic excellence is cultivated and inspired learning takes place daily.

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Thank you for considering Summerfield Waldorf as you embark on the journey of choosing a school for your family. Summerfield is uniquely positioned to engage its students and faculty, creating a learning environment that fosters the awakening consciousness and abilities of students academically, socially and artistically.

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RECENT EVENTS

Adaptability Quotient: Educating for an Uncertain Future

With increasingly rapid changes in technology and the nature of work, employers are interested not just in intelligence and social skills, but in an employee’s adaptability quotient–their ability to adapt to new challenges with flexibility, curiosity, problem-solving, courage, and resilience. That’s why in Waldorf Education we deepen rigorous academics through integrating art, outdoor education, music, theater, practical work, movement and hands on-learning. The depth and breadth of our curriculum challenges our students and develops crucial capacities that help them adapt and thrive throughout their lives. AQ [...]

NPR: Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

New research indicates that access to the outdoors in childhood is strongly associated with happiness, mental health and well-being in adulthood. That’s one of the many reasons Summerfield prioritizes farming and gardening, and outdoor learning and recreation for our students. Not only does our 38-acre campus have great places to move, discover and develop curiosity, it also helps our students feel balanced, refreshed and ready to learn.  Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood February 25, 2019 By, Jonathan Lambert The experience of natural spaces, brimming with [...]

CyberCivics: Waldorf Schools are Media Literacy Role Models

Waldorf education emphasizes thoughtful, intentional and developmentally appropriate technology use. We advocate for a low-tech approach in early childhood and the elementary grades, followed by a curriculum in middle [and high] school that helps students understand tech as a tool, and engages them in conversations around digital ethics, privacy, media literacy, and a balanced use of social media and technology. Our approach gives Waldorf graduates the tools and knowledge they need to be independent, creative and ethical digital citizens.. Waldorf Schools are Media Literacy Role Models [...]

At all stages of education, Summerfield’s curriculum is designed to develop not only the student’s mind but also their character. It develops empathy, collaboration, and shared responsibility between students, teachers and the world around us, cultivating openness to possibilities and a sense of stewardship. Course content focuses on giving students an in-depth understanding of the subject at hand while providing them a context to work on themselves as emerging individuals.

Meaningful Learning

Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm teaches students to be creative, critical thinkers with a strong moral compass, who are open and resilient, and can turn challenges into possibilities. This approach to learning integrates the arts with academic rigor, and experiential, hands-on activities. Students are provided with the opportunity to take risks, think imaginatively and embrace new opportunities with initiative, creativity, and resilience.

Creative, Critical Thinking

Summerfield is accredited by both AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). The courses offered exceed the University of California’s admissions requirements, and Summerfield students score consistently high on SAT scores for Sonoma County while enjoying acceptance at the colleges and universities of their choice. Summerfield high school students engage in a comprehensive study of a variety of disciplines.

A Proven Path to Success

Watch this brief video to learn more about our school.

Our Programs

Early Childhood

Our early childhood program provides children with a calm and joyful experience filled with magic and reverence.

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Lower School

The lower school curriculum is dynamic and diversified, offering humanities, mathematics, science and the arts.

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High School

The high school curriculum inspires students to be active in their own learning and understand how to educate themselves.

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Alumni Testimonials

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